Middle School Distance Learning 2.0

Middle school students will participate in distance learning five days a week. Students will engage with learning tasks given to them by their teachers in a variety of ways: 

Daily live sessions conducted via Webex. Assignments and assessments given to students during live sessions

 

Recorded video lessons and assignments posted in Schoology

 

Students and parents/guardians should check Infinite Campus regularly to track assignment completion and scores/grades


Learning Groups SuspendedNo Learning Groups in Distance Learning

Learning Group assignments (Group A for A-L and Group B for M-Z) are suspended during Distance Learning. All students participate in their full class schedule each day.  6th and 7th grade students are in their Physical Education class every other day opposite their Music or Art class; they will follow the Day 1/Day 2 schedule for their school.


Middle School Schedule

Students begin the school day in their Homeroom/Advisory class and then progress through their schedule of 7 classes. Students spend a maximum of 30 minutes in each class each day.  As with in-person classes, teachers may provide direct instruction for portions of the class period and have students work independently for portions of the class period.

The schedule includes a thirty minute lunch break for each grade level.

The daily schedule includes 2 hours of time for students to meet virtually with teachers, paraprofessionals, and other support staff for assistance.

6th and 7th grade students continue with the Day 1/Day 2 rotation for their Physical Education class and their Band/Choir/Art class.


Grading and Assessment

Grades are reported as A, B, C, D, F, P (pass) or NC (no credit), along with pluses and minuses. Teachers update student scores and grades in Infinite Campus on a weekly basis. Student progress is reported formally four times per year.


Attendance     

Teachers mark student attendance in each class every day using the Infinite Campus Portal. Students who do not show up for the Webex session for their class will be marked absent. The school district’s automated attendance system will place calls to families each day to notify them when students have missed a class. Families may contact their school’s attendance office with questions or requests for corrections.

 


Classroom and School Supports

Social-emotional learning is a critical component for student success, regardless of the instructional model. Lakeville Area Schools is committed to the social, emotional, and behavioral success of all students, especially during this unprecedented time. We recognize your child’s success will result from positive and predictable environments that cultivate connection and sense of belonging, teach skills to build resilience and navigate uncertainty, and detect struggles as they happen.

We recognize students are experiencing a variety of feelings and thoughts about the adjustments they will experience this school year, which can result in disengagement. Throughout the school year, buildings will monitor student progress for signs of academic, social, emotional, and behavioral struggles. If we detect emerging concerns, we will work with students and families to identify effective strategies and supports that promote engagement and student success.

Individualized Support Services

Special education students will receive services based on their Individualized Education Programs (IEP/ IFSP for Early Childhood students).  In some rare instances, students receiving special education services may be in need of additional in-person or online services based on IEP needs. The following data will be reviewed to determine if additional support is needed in order for the student to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE):
  • IEP goals and objectives
  • Related Service needs          
  • Federal Setting  
  • Positive Behavior Support plans
  • Progress on IEP goals and objectives during Distance Learning in the 2019-20 school year. 

Changes in Special Education services will be developed through discussion by the IEP team once school staff return to work.   

The district will follow state guidance regarding staff personal protective equipment (PPE) for all students who need personal and/or medical care.  
Lakeville Area Schools will meet MDE and federal requirements for English Learners. We recognize that students may have a variety of needs and we are committed to supporting these learners. Services will be provided based on a student’s level of language development and academic progress. Student assessment will be provided face-to-face in accordance with MDH/MDE guidelines.
Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals from discrimination based on their disability. To be eligible for protection, students must have a documented disability that impacts a major life function. School building 504 coordinators will review plans to determine if changes or updates need to be made for them to participate successfully in a Hybrid Learning Model or Distance Learning Model. If a student’s disability prevents them from complying with any safety measures required by the district, the district may request documentation of the need for an exemption from the student’s physician. The district will provide all required materials or supports to ensure students with 504 plans have equal access to the school environment.

For new 504 plans, the district may meet requirements under Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act for evaluation and communication without a face-to-face meeting. 

We recognize that under Section 504 student may:
  • Have a disability that precludes them from wearing a face covering or other personal protective equipment
  • Require additional supports or materials to learn in a Distance Learning Model or Hybrid Learning Model
  • Be exempt from certain elements of a Distanced Learning model or Hybrid Learning model 
  • Not have met requirements for a Section 504 plan in the past but require accommodations to access learning in a distanced/hybrid model
School building homeless liaisons and the district McKinney-Vento coordinator will work collaboratively to provide an individualized plan of support for students and families experiencing homelessness. There are several key protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act that will impact student learning in a Hybrid Learning Model or Distance Learning Model. 

We recognize that students experiencing homelessness or who are unaccompanied may need additional technology and resources to access learning, require additional time and support to complete online work or need to receive communication intended for parents/guardians. 

Students who are homeless or unaccompanied may not be prevented from enrolling in and beginning school if they are in a quarantine period due to moving from another state/country.

Children who are homeless are entitled to educational benefits including transportation and free breakfast and lunch and have the right to remain in their school of origin. If your family is experiencing homelessness, including living with another family or in a temporary living facility due to loss of housing or financial hardship, please call 952-232-2072 or email megan.reikowski@isd194.org.
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